Home exchanges have been in the news for years, but many people may have the wrong idea of how they work, and what they really entail. We wanted to let you know the truth behind these common myths and what sets VEN apart.
5 Myths About Home Exchanges
1. Myth: Vacation home exchanges are done with vacation homes that are often rented out.
Truth: While some vacation home exchanges may be done with vacation rentals, the homes that belong to members of the Vacation Exchange Network aren’t rentals. They are purely second homes or vacation homes.
2. Myth: You can’t exchange with someone unless you arrange with someone who has a vacation home in the place you want to stay, and they also have to want to stay with you.
Truth: This is a common thought for many, but they don’t realize that vacation exchange networks like VEN are made to help its members stay anywhere they want in the network, regardless of where their home is located. Our members receive credit when they let members stay in their home, and don’t arrange a swap in the vacationer’s home.
3. Myth: Most vacation homes available for a house swap are either located in non-desirable locales, or hard to arrange a swap with, because their owners are particular, or they’re very expensive.
Truth: This may be true of members on other sites, but at the Vacation Exchange Network, our homes are located throughout the world, in some of the best desired vacation spots. From the snow-capped mountains in Colorado, to the perfect sandy beaches of Hawaii, we have a collection of the best homes in the world. We have homes in most of the 50 states, plus vacation home exchange properties located around the world. All of them are available for the same exact house exchange rate we charge our members, regardless of location. (First year of membership is free!)
4. Myth: Arranging a home exchange is a lot of work.
Truth: For the members of VEN, this isn’t true. We will work for you, and you can simply contact us when and where you’d like to travel. Our Exchange Coordinators will contact members who have homes in your chosen destination, and we’ll give you a list of these homes. You’re then able to choose the homes you like, arrange an exchange, and you’re on your way. You can also contact the members
5. Myth: My home is going to suffer damage and I won’t know who is really staying there.
Truth: VEN knows all of its members, because we have a thorough application process. We aren’t a marketplace where people can place random homes up for rental or exchange. Our network consists of vacation homeowners who’ve joined our network with an application, membership fee (if applicable), and information about their property. This information is made available to you when you arrange a swap, so you know exactly who is staying in your home. We also encourage all of our home swappers to leave testimonials for the properties they stay in.
Now that we’ve dispelled some of the most common house exchange myths, you probably have a good idea of what Vacation Exchange Network is, and how we can help you have the vacation of a lifetime.
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